Friday, September 18, 2009

UK SigEps Lose Charter

Sigma Phi Epsilon loses charter
Posted by Melissa Vessels

UK’s Kentucky Alpha Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon has been denied a chapter review and had their charter revoked by national headquarters, according to a letter sent to the fraternity from a Sigma Phi Epsilon director of chapter services.

The letter, dated Sept. 15, states, “The National Board of Directors has authorized the withdrawal of the Kentucky Alpha Chapter’s charter due to ongoing violations of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity Bylaws and Sigma Phi Epsilon’s ‘Statement on Chapter and Individual Responsibility.’ ”

Sigma Phi Epsilon was suspended due to alleged hazing in June. The fraternity appealed the decision to the University Appeals Board and won, but was placed on disciplinary probation until July 1, 2011. Included in this probation was a list of 15 sanctions that must be fulfilled before the chapter could be reinstated.

The letter cites these university sanctions against the fraternity as an explanation for revoking the charter.

Because of the closure, rights and privileges forfeited by members include the use of trademarked items, recruitment of new members, sponsorship of events and conducting meetings for an “underground” affiliate.

Sigma Phi Epsilon President Aaron Tutt did not return calls before press time.